Welcoming Winter Social to Keep Squaw True – Friday, Dec. 13

Winter is here!

Help Sierra Watch welcome the snow with our friends at California 89 in Downtown Truckee on Friday, December 13.

Spend time with folks who care about the future of the entire North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Region; watch clips from The Movie to Keep Squaw True; and get the latest update from Sierra Watch staff.

Squaw Valley, Welcoming Winter Social, Truckee CA

First 30 people to show up will receive gift bags from California 89 and more! Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event.

This is an outdoor event, please wear winter gear! Heat lamps available; snow-dancing encouraged!

EVENT INFO:

Friday December 13, 2019

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

California 89 (in Downtown Truckee)

10156 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161

Village at Squaw Valley, Granite Chief, Keep Squaw True, Squaw Valley Development

Snacks and drinks – cookies and hot cocoa, adult libations

Start your holiday shopping with awesome gift ideas from California 89 – so much more than a Sierra highway, it’s a way of like!

This event will also coincide with Festive Fridays hosted by local shops in conjunction with the Truckee Downtown Merchant Associations!

Support a great cause: The event is a great opportunity to help Keep Squaw True – and gain further inspiration to defend our Sierra values from Alterra Mountain Company’s reckless development plans for Tahoe’s Squaw Valley.

For any questions regarding the event, contact Sierra Watch Field Manager, Chase Schweitzer at cschweitzer@sierrawatch.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Critics: Tahoe resort project would hamper fire evacuations

Critics: Tahoe resort project would hamper fire evacuations

By Scott Sonner | AP 

November 22, 2019 – First published by the Associated Press, re-published by the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Sacramento Bee, and other news outlets. 

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Conservationists trying to block expansion of the Lake Tahoe ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say the developer is trying to hide the impacts of the project on the pristine mountain environment.

In legal action, the group Sierra Watch also cited a dramatic traffic increase that could cause dangerous delays during a wildfire evacuation of Squaw Valley in California.

Squaw Valley, Sierra Watch, Tahoe Traffic, Tahoe Fire, Alterra Mountain Company

This Dec. 16, 2011, file photo, shows the base village at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, Calif. Conservationists trying to block expansion of the Lake Tahoe ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say the developer is trying to hide the environmental impacts of a dramatic traffic increase that could also cause dangerous delays during a Tahoe fire evacuation. Sierra Watch says it’s a “massive expansion” in a “very high fire hazard severity zone” with an extremely congested escape route. (Tim Dunn/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP,File) (Associated Press)

Tom Mooers, head of the group suing the resort and its Denver-based owner, Alterra Mountain Co., says it would take nearly 11 hours to evacuate via the single access road during a wildfire.

Sierra Watch calls it a “very high fire hazard severity zone” with an extremely congested escape route.

The group has appealed a court ruling that upheld approval of the project by Placer County, which concluded any potential harm could be offset. The county’s environmental review concluded the expansion would add an average of 1,353 daily car trips and 2,800 peak-day trips.

Sierra Watch says most impacts on noise, water and air quality would result from increased traffic on a state highway through a narrow river canyon connecting Interstate 80 at Truckee to Lake Tahoe and on an access road to the resort in Olympic Valley.

“Scientists agree such vehicle travel results in the deposition of pollutants and finely crushed sediment into Lake Tahoe, threatening its water quality and clarity,” Sierra Watch lawyers said.

Squaw Valley officials say they worked hard to appease critics before Placer County approved the expansion in 2016. They said they scaled back the initial plan for 3,554 bedrooms to 1,493

Lawyers for Squaw Valley say 2.9 hours are currently needed to evacuate the area and that could grow to 5 to 6.5 hours under most scenarios.

The legal action by Sierra Watch says developers are attempting to downplay concerns about gridlock by emphasizing an emergency response plan that partly relies on a shelter-in-place strategy.

“Shelter-in-place is not an effective public safety plan. It’s what you do when you can’t get out,” Mooers said. “That’s not planning for disaster; that’s planning a disaster.”

Squaw Valley contends that opponents have exaggerated the area’s designation as a high fire severity zone and noted the evacuation area is mostly a paved parking lot long identified by local fire officials as one of the safest places to seek refuge.

“Surrounding terrain consists mainly of ski runs and bare rocks,” a company court filing said about fire danger.

Sierra Watch calls that “revisionist geography,” pointing to developer documents stating the project is surrounded by forest.

“The actual risk … is not what this designation suggests,” the company says in court documents. “Appellant scoffs at shelter-in-place as `cryptic’ and ineffective but cites no expert evidence supporting this view.”

The developer says most traffic congestion occurs in winter — “when skiers are visiting the site, inclement weather disrupts traffic, and, to state the obvious, wildland fire risk is zero.”

Squaw Valley Fire Chief Pete Bansen said the few fires that have occurred over the years were small and quickly extinguished. He said mass Tahoe fire evacuation is “very, very, very unlikely.”

A 2014 blaze came within six miles of the valley and showed the system works, Bansen said.

Sierra Watch pointed out, however, that a triathlon was cancelled several minutes before start time due to poor air quality.

“This incident demonstrates the difficulty in timely extracting large numbers of people from the project area in an emergency,” the group said.

 

Learn more by watching this clip from The Movie to Keep Squaw True

Key term: Tahoe fire evacuation

Stand with Sierra Watch – Every Month of the Year

Thanks for being a part of Sierra Watch and our ongoing work to defend our favorite mountain places.

Everything we do depends on the hundreds of individuals and families who stand with us to protect our Sierra. And we’re asking you to consider making a monthly contribution to our shared commitment.

Simply put, Sierra Watch focuses our love of places like Martis Valley, Donner Summit, and Squaw Valley into strategic, disciplined, and effective campaigns.

Keep Squaw True, Squaw Valley, KSL Capital Partners

It’s a little bit like David standing up to Goliath. Except that there is more than one Goliath – behemoths of private equity and speculative real estate, hell-bent on reckless development. 

But, most important, we are thousands of Davids. And, together, we are an unstoppable force for conservation.

You can invest in our shared effort by clicking here and making a monthly contribution to Sierra Watch:

One of our supporters tells me, “Every month, I get an email saying I’ve made another contribution of $20, and I feel like I’m doing my part.”

That kind of individual commitment is what it takes to stand up to the Goliaths – and defend our mountains.

Placer County Board of Supervisors, Squaw Valley, Alterra Mountain Company

So whether you are a first time donor, a monthly donor, or an annual donor, you’re a part of the proud history of conservation in the Sierra. And we appreciate your support.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or comments. You can reach me by phone at (530) 265-2849 ext. 200 or by email at tmooers@sierrawatch.org.

Onward!

Tom Mooers, Executive Director

 

Keeping Squaw True: Making our Case in the Court of Appeals

Sierra Watch submitted the final brief to the Third District Court Appeals in our ongoing effort to overturn illegal development proposals in Tahoe’s Squaw Valley.

Our brief effectively counters the arguments laid out by Alterra Mountain Company and Placer County in their latest missive to the court and, more importantly, expertly reaffirms the fact that 2016 approvals violated state law.

Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, Squaw development

The entire document is available online – and it’s a pretty good read.

But, if you’re not up to digesting the full 78 pages, we offer a sample of two arguments Alterra is making in pursuit of their reckless development proposal.

Traffic? What traffic?

In their brief, Alterra actually claims that both Squaw Valley Road and Highway 89 “flow freely 99% of time.” That’s right. No problem. 

So every time you are stuck somewhere between Tahoe City and Truckee, whether it’s a powder day or a holiday or just a random Tuesdas—you’re somehow just that unlucky 1%.

Squaw Valley traffic, Tahoe Traffic

Alterra’s assertion would be funny if traffic in Tahoe was not such a direct threat to our quality of life. Or in the event of wildfire, to life itself.

Forest? What forest?

Speaking of wildfire, Alterra downplays the real risk of wildfire by claiming Squaw Valley is surrounded by “ski runs and bare rocks.”

As the Sierra Watch brief points out, this contradicts their own planning documents, which correctly point out, “The project site is situated in the Sierra Nevada, surrounded by forest land.”

A fact also confirmed by the view from Shirley Canyon:

Shirley Canyon, tahoe fire, squaw valley fire, california fire

 Fire danger, just one of the many reasons why we are Keeping Squaw True!

This, too, could be funny. If it wasn’t part of Placer County’s dangerous claim that a ten-hour evacuation time in the event of wildfire is, somehow, “insignificant.”

And Alterra’s irresponsible assertion that their development would be a “safer placer to shelter in place.”

“Shelter in place” is not an effective public safety plan. It’s what you do when you can’t get out.

These two examples – in the face of traffic and fire danger – fit a broad pattern of dismissiveness and denial on the part of both Placer County and Alterra Mountain Company.

Tahoe deserves better.

To learn more about Sierra Watch and our work to secure safe and responsible planning for Squaw Valley and the Tahoe Sierra, visit sierrawatch.org – and check out The Movie to Keep Squaw True.

 

State of Sierra Watch – 2019

Each fall we check in on another year of Sierra Watch and our work to protect our favorite places in the Sierra Nevada from irresponsible development.

So far, 2019 could be summarized by: one terrific movie, three legal briefs, more than 400 donors, and a massive challenge.

One Terrific Movie

The first thing I often ask people these days is, “Have you seen the movie?!?”

I mean The Movie to Keep Squaw True.

If your answer is, “No, not yet,” I suggest you set aside an hour, pop some popcorn, and stream it at https://www.sierrawatch.org/.

It tells the epic story of how we – together – are stopping reckless developers from turning one of our favorite Tahoe mountains into a Vegas-style amusement park.

If you’re a Squaw skier, it’s must-see streaming. If you love the Sierra – and Tahoe in particular, there’s something in it for you, too.

The film not only covers some of the action and characters unique to Squaw; it conveys deeper, timeless truths about our work and the values that – together – we stand up to defend.

Piedmont Theatre

The Movie to Keep Squaw True playing at Oakland’s Piedmont Theatre.

We took it on tour through the first half of 2019, firing up audiences in the Rockies and Reno, in Tahoe and Truckee, and down in Oakland and San Francisco. And it’s been an incredibly effective way to let people know about what’s at stake in Tahoe and recruit them into our growing movement to Keep Squaw True.

Three legal briefs

All that stands between both Martis Valley and Squaw Valley and irresponsible development is Sierra Watch – and our litigation to overturn illegal development approvals.

This year, we’ve completed our briefing in the Martis Valley West appeal and submitted our opening briefs in the Squaw Valley challenges.

Although not quite as entertaining as The Movie to Keep Squaw True, I actually recommend reading them. Turns out good lawyers are great writers. And our briefs in each case spell out clear, compelling arguments, backed by state law and court precedent.

For example, the two development proposals would add more than 7,000 new daily car trips to North Tahoe traffic. But Placer County officials largely ignored what all that development would mean to our roads – whether on any given weekend in the summer or during evacuation from a catastrophic wildfire – as well as downplaying the development’s impact on the lake itself.

You can find our case spelled out below.

Squaw Valley – California Environmental Quality Act Suit:

· July 3 – Sierra Watch Opening Brief
· Sep. 23 – Opposition Reply Brief

Squaw Valley – Brown Act Suit:

· July 17 – Sierra Watch Opening Brief
· Sep. 27 – Opposition Reply Brief

Martis Valley West – CEQA Suit:

· Oct. 29, 2018 – Sierra Watch Opening Brief
· Feb. 21, 2019 – Opposition Opening Brief
· May 9, 2019 – Sierra Watch Reply Brief
· June 7, 2019 – Opposition Reply Brief

Our case for Tahoe, spelled out in black and white.

And if you’re really into this stuff, you can read the developers’ responses and see how they dodge and dissemble, pretending that pollution from more traffic in the Tahoe Basin is no threat to the lake. That, somehow, people stuck in their cars on Squaw Valley Road for ten hours trying to evacuate from a wildfire “would not be exposed to a significant risk.”

The hard work of legal research, brief-writing, and courtroom strategy might not be very cinematic. But it’s absolutely critical to our shared commitment to defend Martis, Squaw, and Tahoe.

And we’re confident that all that work will eventually compel developers and decision-makers to sit down to come up with responsible, collaborative planning for the future of our mountains.

415 Total Donors

Everything we do here at Sierra Watch – from legal briefs to bumper stickers – depends on the hundreds of individuals and families who stand with us to protect our favorite places.

Simply put, Sierra Watch combines our shared commitment to our mountains and shapes it into strategic, disciplined, and effective campaigns. 

Robb Gaffney, Scott Gaffney

The Gaffney Family – some of our Sierra Watch supporters.

So far this year, more than 400 of you have jumped in with donations. Each contribution both fuels and inspires our ongoing work, leveraging each individual donation into a shared investment. So: thank you!

A Massive Challenge

That combined commitment is what helps us overcome our biggest challenge: maintaining the capacity to sustain the effort.

In case you haven’t noticed, this stuff goes on for a long, long time. 

So the great challenge in 2019 – as it will be in the months and years ahead – is to keep at it. To slack off for one month is to lose forever.

We know it’s a lot to ask: years of commitment. At times when, especially in the absence of public hearings and news coverage, the proposed development projects are not so salient. 

And the conflict is draining. Most of us do not go to the mountains to seek conflict. But, when those mountains are at risk, the conflict finds us anyway. To turn from it would be to turn from the values that bring us to the mountains in the first place.

The mountains are calling, to turn a phrase, and we must keep going.

Here’s to a beautiful fall in our Sierra and plenty of snow this winter – and ongoing success in the months and years ahead!

 – Tom Mooers
   Executive Director
   Sierra Watch

Next week: Keep Squaw True Community Update in Squaw Valley—Sept. 18

Next week, join Sierra Watch for our Keep Squaw True Community Update in Squaw Valley:

Wednesday, September 18

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Squaw Valley Public Service District Meeting Room

You’ve seen The Movie to Keep Squaw True; now come get the update!

squaw valley community

Pictured: Keep Squaw True supporters in Truckee, CA

Sierra Watch Executive Director Tom Mooers will review Alterra Mountain Company’s current development proposals and what they would mean to Squaw Valley and the Tahoe-Truckee Region.

We’ll also provide an update on the grassroots campaign to Keep Squaw True, including a summary of our two legal challenges against Placer County’s illegal approvals.

Background: Ski resort conglomerate Alterra Mountain Company proposes to re-make Squaw Valley and North Tahoe with development that would include a series of high-rise condo hotels and a 90,000 square-foot indoor waterpark—as wide as a Walmart and nearly three times as tall. 

The project would take 25 years to construct, add thousands of car trips to Tahoe’s crowded roads, threaten the lake’s famed clarity—and put public safety at risk. In the event of wildfire, it would take more than ten hours to evacuate Squaw Valley.

In response, Sierra Watch launched the campaign to Keep Squaw True, recruiting thousands of volunteers in a growing grassroots movement. Learn more by watching the movie: https://www.sierrawatch.org/keep-squaw-true-movie/

To reserve a seat or learn more about the Keep Squaw True Community Update, contact Sierra Watch Field Manager, Chase Schweitzer, at cschweitzer@sierrawatch.org. This is a fully-accessible event, drop-ins welcome!

 

Keep Squaw True Community Update in Squaw Valley—Sept. 18

You’ve seen the movie; come get an update!

Now that we’ve released The Movie to Keep Squaw True to streaming, we’re hosting a Keep Squaw True Community Update on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Squaw Valley Public Utility District Meeting Room.

And you’re invited!

Sierra Watch Executive Director Tom Mooers will help review Alterra Mountain Company’s current development proposals and what they would mean to Squaw Valley and the Tahoe-Truckee Region.

We’ll also provide an update on the grassroots campaign to Keep Squaw True, including a summary of our two legal challenges against Placer County’s illegal approvals.

squaw valley community

Pictured: Keeping Squaw True in Tahoe City

Background: Ski resort conglomerate Alterra Mountain Company proposes to re-make Squaw Valley and North Tahoe with development that would include a series of high-rise condo hotels and a 90,000 square-foot indoor waterpark—as wide as a Walmart and nearly three times as tall. 

The project would take 25 years to construct, add thousands of car trips to Tahoe’s crowded roads, threaten the lake’s famed clarity—and put public safety at risk.  In the event of wildfire, it would take more than ten hours to evacuate Squaw Valley.

In response, Sierra Watch launched the campaign to Keep Squaw True, recruiting thousands of volunteers in a growing grassroots movement. Learn more by watching the movie: https://www.sierrawatch.org/keep-squaw-true-movie/

To reserve a seat or learn more about the Keep Squaw True Community Update, contact Sierra Watch Field Manager, Chase Schweitzer, at cschweitzer@sierrawatch.org. This is a fully-accessible event, drop-ins welcome!squaw movie

Sierra Watch publicly releases The Movie to Keep Squaw True

Sierra Watch is fully fired up to announce that, today, The Movie to Keep Squaw True is online and streaming.

Our film tells the epic story of how we’re stopping Alterra Mountain Company from turning a favorite Tahoe mountain into a Vegas-style amusement park. 

Maybe you saw it on tour – it played to enthusiastic audiences throughout the American West – in the Rockies and Reno, in Tahoe and Truckee, even Jackson Hole and June Lake.

Now anyone, anywhere, can get an inside look at the biggest development fight currently raging in the Sierra Nevada – for free.

You can find it only at sierrawatch.org!

squaw movie

You can share it with your friends.

And, together, we can show the world how we stand up and defend the places we love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Watch Makes Case for Tahoe to CA Court of Appeals

July has already been a big month for Sierra Watch and our campaign to Keep Squaw True.

Last week we made our case against Alterra’s proposed Squaw Valley development in a detailed, 70-page brief submitted to the Third District Court of Appeals.

Yesterday we followed that up with another brief that spells out how those approvals violated the Brown Act, California’s good governance law.

Alterra Mountain Company

Pictured: Tahoe’s iconic Squaw Valley

Granted we’d rather be out hiking than researching legal arguments and going to court.  But this is how we stand up for Tahoe and protect our mountain values from Vegas-style development.

What’s at Stake

Our goal in the appellate court is clear: to overturn Placer County approvals of Alterra Mountain Company’s proposal to re-make Squaw Valley and North Tahoe with development of a size, scale, and scope the region has never seen. 

Proposed development would include a series of high-rise condo hotels and a 90,000 square-foot indoor waterpark—as wide as a Walmart and nearly three times as tall. 

The project would take 25 years to construct, add thousands of car trips to Tahoe’s crowded roads, threaten the lake’s famed clarity—and put public safety at risk.  In the event of wildfire, it would take more than ten hours to evacuate Squaw Valley.

Alterra’s parent company, KSL Capital Partners, first filed its initial development application back in 2011.  But it has failed to launch, floundering in the face of our shared commitment to defend Squaw, protect Tahoe, and stand up for our mountain values. 

Thousands of volunteers have signed our petition to stop the development and Keep Squaw True.  Placer County’s own Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council sounded clear opposition at the project, recommending that the County deny it outright. 

In 2016, hundreds of local residents showed up to Placer County’s public hearing and stood in opposition.  Sierra Watch even sketched out a compromise proposal for limited development.

"Placer County Board of Supervisors"

Pictured: Keep Squaw True supporters at 2016 hearing

Regardless, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the project—with the only ‘no’ vote coming from the Supervisor who represented Tahoe and Squaw Valley.  

Our Case for Tahoe

Those approvals were not only irresponsible; they were illegal.  So, a month later, we filed suit.

Meanwhile, KSL Capital Partners joined with Henry Crown and Company to form Alterra Mountain Company, creating a multi-billion dollar behemoth designed to compete with Vail Resorts and sell its own multi-resort “Ikon” ski pass.

In court, Alterra and Placer County won the first round when a Placer County Trial Court judge sided with the developers and against Sierra Watch in 2018.

Sierra Watch appealed the lower court’s ruling; the brief we filed last week is the first step in making our case to the appellate court.

It spells out how Placer County violated state law when it approved the proposed high-rises and indoor waterpark—without studying the impacts on critical issues, including Tahoe’s famed water quality, increased danger of wildfires, and traffic.

The primary law in question is the California Environmental Quality Act, better known as CEQA, which requires Placer County to research and write an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to fully assess and disclose the negative impacts any new development would have on Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe.

CEQA even expressly designates the Tahoe Basin as an area of “Statewide, Regional, or Areawide Significance” that merits particular attention.

However, as clearly spelled out in our brief, “The EIR violated CEQA by systematically masking the Project’s most severe environmental effects and avoiding discussion of others.”

You can read it yourself here: Sierra Watch’s Squaw Valley CEQA Appellant Opening Brief

Critical areas where the County’s analysis fell short include:

● Tahoe and Lake Clarity: The brief calls out Alterra’s proposed development as “a direct threat to what is arguably the region’s most valuable scenic and environmental resource: the world-famous clarity of Lake Tahoe.”

 But that, “(a)stonishingly, the EIR essentially ignores the Project’s impacts on Lake Tahoe.”

Pictured: Clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe

● Fire Danger and Evacuation Hazards: California is learning hard lessons about over-development in fire-prone areas.  We point out that Alterra seeks to develop “in a ‘Very High’ fire severity zone, increasing the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the region and exposing residents and visitors to dangerous conditions,” pointing out that “the Project’s location, design, and limited infrastructure create a recipe for disaster.”

 In the event of wildfire, it would take more than ten hours to evacuate Squaw Valley.  But the County “illogically claims that the added delay ‘does not necessarily generate a safety risk.’”

● Noise: Squaw Valley is an alpine destination where visitors seek out peace and quiet.  But, if Alterra follows through with its existing plans, Squaw would be a construction zone, day and night, for 25 years.

 Yet the County downplayed the very real impacts noise has on the Squaw Valley experience—typically assessing impacts at a distance of only 50 feet from demolition projects.  According to the brief, “the EIR’s truncated analysis and empty mitigation for the Project’s significant noise impacts violated CEQA.”

● Climate Change: As a business that relies primarily on the existence of winter, Alterra claims to be a good steward of the climate.  But their project would add about 40,000 metric tons of CO2 each year at buildout—more than 30 times the regulatory threshold of significance.

 But “the County erred in addressing the Project’s significant impacts on climate change,” according to our brief, “leaving the Project with no effective mitigation to reduce the Project’s immense greenhouse gas emissions and violating CEQA.”

squaw valley development

Pictured: Squaw Valley in Winter

● Traffic: Traffic in Tahoe is bad; Alterra’s proposed development would make it much worse—adding thousands of new cars to the region’s roadways every day.  “Project traffic would indeed cause significant impacts by turning bad traffic into gridlock or exacerbating already unacceptable conditions,” the brief points out.

 Yet Placer County downplayed the impact and claimed Alterra would ‘manage’ the cars traveling to and trying to park in Squaw Valleyan approach that, as anyone who has tried to go skiing on a powder day knows, fails.

alterra mountain company

Pictured: Tahoe traffic

Our brief concludes by asking the Court to reverse the lower court’s decision and rescind Placer County’s approvals.

Brown Act Challenge

That’s not the only legal challenge designed to hold elected officials accountable to the law—and rescind the approvals of Squaw Valley development.

Yesterday we dropped our brief in a second challenge, based on California’s good government law—the Brown Act.

Passed into law in 1953, the Brown Act is a bold declaration of the importance of public involvement in government decision-making. “The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them,” the law states.  “It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.”

Specifically, the law requires that a governing body “post an agenda containing a brief general description of each item of business to be transacted or discussed at the meeting” and, also, that key documents relevant to important decisions be made “available for public inspection”.

In the case of its Squaw Valley development and its impact on Lake Tahoe, the County did neither.

● Instead, the County negotiated, in secret, a last-minute deal with developers.  That deal was not part of any agenda.

 “This really did literally come together yesterday,” explained Alterra attorney Whit Manley at the 2016 hearing.

● Nor was it made “available for public inspection.”  The County argued that it did make the last-minute documents available to the public—by leaving a memo in a locked office building the night before the hearing.

 As Sierra Watch’s Brown Act brief points out, “Printing a document and placing a copy in a closed and locked building does not meet either the letter or spirit of the requirement to make that document ‘available for public inspection.’”

In each case, developers and the County will have an opportunity to respond.  The Court of Appeal sets the oral argument on its own schedule, so it is uncertain when a decision will be handed down.

Keeping Squaw True

As this case proceeds, the movement to Keep Squaw True continues to grow.

Sierra Watch even made our own feature length film, The Movie to Keep Squaw True, directed by Scott and Robb Gaffney, to tell our epic story.

We took it on tour to sold out audiences in ski towns and cities throughout the American West.  And—keep an eye on your inbox—we’ll release it online later this summer

CA Court of Appeals

Pictured: World Premiere of The Movie to Keep Squaw True in Truckee, CA

Our goal in all that we do—whether standing up in court or building grassroots support—is not just to win a lawsuit.  Our goal is to get people involved in a long-term effort to secure a great outcome—a vision for Squaw Valley that’s worthy of Tahoe and everything we love about our Sierra.

As always, thanks for being part of the solution.  And: we’ll keep you posted!

Announcement: More Bay Area Screening of The Movie to Keep Squaw

Sierra Watch is excited to announce the San Francisco & Oakland screenings of The Movie to Keep Squaw True!

Join us in the month of June for screenings of the Keep Squaw True Locals Shr-EDIT before our feature documentary by the Gaffney Brothers:

JUNE 5

LANDMARK’S CLAY THEATRE

2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm

Tickets: $15

For more info, including directions and tickets:

https://keep-squaw-true-movie-san-francisco.eventbrite.com

         

JUNE 12

LANDMARK’S PIEDMONT THEATRE

4186 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm

Tickets: $15

For more info, including directions and tickets:

https://keep-squaw-true-movie-oakland.eventbrite.com

Hosted at the historic Clay and Piedmont Theatres with our friends from Demo Sport of Marin, we’re excited to offer an inspiring evening focused on Sierra Nevada conservation!

More about Keep Squaw True Shr-EDIT:

A short film featuring some of our favorite moments from the current generation of talented Squaw Valley skiers and riders playing on the mountain that inspires them. Each of the talented athletes featured in this film supports the movement to Keep Squaw True and many have shown that passion not just on the slopes, but in impassioned activism throughout every step of this community’s fight to protect North Lake Tahoe. Run time: 7 minutes

Click here to watch the trailer!

More about The Movie to Keep Squaw True:

When private equity developers and their corporate henchmen came to Tahoe to transform Squaw Valley into a Vegas-style amusement park, they ran into a mountain of community commitment – the movement to Keep Squaw True.

The movie tells the inspiring story of the ongoing seven-year struggle to stand up and defend Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevada.

Written and directed by brothers, Robb (Squallywood) and Scott Gaffney (Matchstick Productions), and produced by Sierra Watch. It features an unforgettable cast of enthusiastic Tahoe locals and iconic Squaw legends as they show the world how to band together and stand up for their mountain values. Run time: 56 minutes

Contact Sierra Watch Field Manager, Chase Schweitzer, with any questions at cschweitzer@sierrawatch.org. Both events are fully accessible.

See you all there!